By Morgan Tilton
When we choose an incredible mountain location for a winter vacation—like the Tetons, Wasatch Range or Colorado’s Rocky Mountains—it can be hard to slow down and relax when the terrain and conditions are simply too good to be true.
To offset the physical demands of travel and outdoor play, a spa date with yourself is not only relaxing, but also beneficial for overall health and wellness.
In July 2016, more than 51 million American adults talked with their health care providers about massage therapy—and 63 percent of those physicians encouraged patients to seek a massage or recommended a massage therapist, according to the American Massage Therapy Association. Research related to the health benefits of massage therapy continues to be pursued today. Evidence has shown that massages help to boost the body’s immune system, lower blood pressure and reduce headache frequency among other positive affects.
After skiing all day, soaking up spa time before a delicious dinner isn’t just idyllic, it’s a well-deserved treat. Check out three of our favorite spas, each featured on the Forbes Travel Guide.
Allegria Spa, located at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, is an all-around amazing spa for wellness, healing and relaxation. Most notably, the Allegria Spa can ease sore muscles after skiing or detox the traveler’s body with a soak in Aqua Sanitas, which means the “healing waters.” Modeled after ancient Roman bathhouses, visitors alternate between pools of hot and cold temperatures, which helps to increase circulation and inflammation, providing a wonderful flush of the system.
The vibe of Aqua Sanitas is so calm, you’ll never want to leave. First you should sit in the warm, jetted Thermae pool, and then move on to the Caldarium mineral pools (separate for men and women). The Caldarium room features a wintergreen-scented steam to stimulate the senses and mind. End your soaking experience in the Tepidarium room, a restful space with heated loungers and aromatic scents. The spa also offers massages, which is the perfect way to end your experience after a long and relaxing soak.
Remède Spa, at the St. Regis Deer Valley, offers a top-notch luxurious healing experience near Park City, UT. Only a 10-minute drive east of Park City Mountain, you can go from the slopes to après-ski to a massage table in under an hour—maybe a bit more, if you want two cocktails instead of one.
At the spa, stroll between 11 treatment rooms, including a couples’ option for a dual massage and private heated patio. Whether you’re solo or paired, detox in the sauna or steam room, soak in the whirlpool, sip organic peppermint Tealeaves tea and snack on healthy cashews and almonds. To zap any energy, (if you happen to have some leftover after skiing!) take a yoga, pilates, stretch or meditation class.
Finish the evening with an invigorating massage, the best gift after a day on the slopes. Each session starts with a cooling cucumber eye treatment, and guests can choose from hot stone, Thai or a customized massage. You can also select whether you want exfoliation or an antioxidant-rich wrap, allowing you to leave feeling like a brand new human.
After a day of iconic tram laps, balancing out sore quads at The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole is oh-so-sweet for skiers and snowboarders. This elegant spa makes the experience its own with a western, local flair. The spa features massages—including moonlight and deep tissue treatments—as well as body rituals like therapy with native stones and mountain clay body wraps. Facial skin care is a must-do after spending all day in the Tetons with the sun on your face and wind whipping around. Hit up the spa, re-hydrate every layer of your body and then grab sushi or a brew in town. After all, you’ll want to feel restored for more tram or pass laps in the morning!
About the Author, Morgan Tilton
An award-winning journalist, Morgan Tilton is a Bronze medalist and two-time Finalist of the 2015 North American Travel Journalists Association Awards Competition for her travel writing. She covers adventure travel and outdoor industry news with work featured in Outside, Teton Gravity Research, SUP Magazine, Backpacker, TransWorld Snowboarding, 5280 (Denver’s city magazine), and CoBiz among others. Raised in Colorado’s stunning San Juan Mountains, she’s a mountain-ultra-trail runner and snowboarder that loves Bluegrass shows, avocados and trucker hats. Her most recent summit: she and four paddlers made the first SUP descent of Utah’s wild Escalante River. Follow Morgan’s trail @motilton and morgantilton.com.
Born in Texas, but raised in the beautiful Salt Lake Valley, I've always known the mountains of Utah to be home. After pursuing duel marketing and business degrees in the Great White North of Logan, Utah, I re-settled near downtown Salt Lake City where I can enjoy the best of both worlds: city life and world-class mountain ranges. You can always find me exploring Salt Lake's foodie scene, skiing at Alta, rock climbing or hiking in the breathtaking Wasatch mountains.